Executive Pastry Chef Thierry “Chichifoofoo®” Delourneaux

Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo

A consummate pastry expert with over 30 years of culinary experience, Chef Delourneaux’s passion for all things sweet started early in life when he decided to pursue a Pastry Apprenticeship program in his hometown on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

Chef Delourneaux completed his apprenticeship in half the regular program time.

Following his apprenticeship, Chef Delourneaux moved to Paris to pursue a Masters in Pastry while working at Chamarre Patisserie.

Chef Delourneaux’s innovative confections then led him to Canada where he worked in the renowned Lenotre Patisserie in Montreal and opened two new patisserie boutiques with Patachou Patisseries in Toronto in 2002 showcasing traditional French pastries.

Since then, Chef Delourneaux has gone on to work with some of the most prestigious international hotel brands including Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Fairmont, and St. Regis to list a few.

Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo

A consummate pastry expert with over 30 years of culinary experience, Chef Delourneaux’s passion for all things sweet started early in life when he decided to pursue a Pastry Apprenticeship program in his hometown on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

Chef Delourneaux completed his apprenticeship in half the regular program time.

Following his apprenticeship, Chef Delourneaux moved to Paris to pursue a Masters in Pastry while working at Chamarre Patisserie.

Chef Delourneaux’s innovative confections then led him to Canada where he worked in the renowned Lenotre Patisserie in Montreal and opened two new patisserie boutiques with Patachou Patisseries in Toronto in 2002 showcasing traditional French pastries.

Since then, Chef Delourneaux has gone on to work with some of the most prestigious international hotel brands including Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Fairmont, and St. Regis to list a few.

Chef Delourneaux led the pastry team at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA and was the creative mastermind behind the grand dessert line-up for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2007.

Chef Delourneaux was also part of the opening team at the idyllic Grand Del Mar Resort, which opened in 2007, where he meticulously rolled out the desserts menu for all dining outlets.

In 2009, Chef Delourneaux joined The Greenbrier, an award-winning luxury resort located in the heart of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where he opened the Casino Club and several other restaurants there.

Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo - 2007 Golden Globe Awards
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2007
Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo - 2007 Golden Globe Awards
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2007

Chef Delourneaux led the pastry team at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA and was the creative mastermind behind the grand dessert line-up for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2007.

Chef Delourneaux was also part of the opening team at the idyllic Grand Del Mar Resort, which opened in 2007, where he meticulously rolled out the desserts menu for all dining outlets.

In 2009, Chef Delourneaux joined The Greenbrier, an award-winning luxury resort located in the heart of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where he opened the Casino Club and several other restaurants there.

Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo - Oprah and Chef at Rainbow Room, New York City, USA
Oprah Winfrey & Chef Thierry Delourneaux, Rainbow Room, NYC, 2017

For over three years Chef Delourneaux helmed the award-winning pastry kitchen of Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stanford and in 2014 was named for Executive Pastry Chef of the Year at the 14th World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence.

His journey with the Fairmont also took him to The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda.

Following several years in Asia, Chef Delourneaux brought his talents back to the United States, working at New York City’s legendary Rainbow Room, where he hosted The James Beard Foundation’s 2015 New York Gala in addition to many other high-profile events.

Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo - Oprah and Chef at Rainbow Room, New York City, USA
Oprah Winfrey & Chef Thierry Delourneaux, Rainbow Room, NYC, 2017

For over three years Chef Delourneaux helmed the award-winning pastry kitchen of Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stanford and in 2014 was named for Executive Pastry Chef of the Year at the 14th World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence.

His journey with the Fairmont also took him to The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda.

Following several years in Asia, Chef Delourneaux brought his talents back to the United States, working at New York City’s legendary Rainbow Room, where he hosted The James Beard Foundation’s 2015 New York Gala in addition to many other high-profile events.

In 2016, Chef Delourneaux worked at The St. Regis Washington DC, an award-winning luxury hotel, where he led the pastry department and opened Alhambra restaurant.

Currently, Chef Delourneaux is the Executive Pastry Chef of The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort responsible for creative menu development as well as the exemplary execution of pastry across the resort’s award-winning food and beverage outlets.

Drawing inspiration from his heart of gold, Chef Delourneaux’s delectable creations are delicately thoughtful and must be Chichifoofoo®, which is his trademark to describe something beautiful, above and beyond.

Chef Delourneaux lives by his philosophy “In order to perform your best in your profession, you have to love what you do.”

Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo - with Spike Lee at Jame Beard House 2017
Spike Lee & Chef Thierry Delourneaux, James Beard House, 2017
Chef Thierry Delourneaux - Chichifoofoo - with Spike Lee at Jame Beard House 2017
Spike Lee & Chef Thierry Delourneaux, James Beard House, 2017

In 2016, Chef Delourneaux worked at The St. Regis Washington DC, an award-winning luxury hotel, where he led the pastry department and opened Alhambra restaurant.

Currently, Chef Delourneaux is the Executive Pastry Chef of The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort responsible for creative menu development as well as the exemplary execution of pastry across the resort’s award-winning food and beverage outlets.

Drawing inspiration from his heart of gold, Chef Delourneaux’s delectable creations are delicately thoughtful and must be Chichifoofoo®, which is his trademark to describe something beautiful, above and beyond.

Chef Delourneaux lives by his philosophy “In order to perform your best in your profession, you have to love what you do.”